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Shepherd's Hut, St Gennys, Bude, North Cornwall
Shepherd's Hut, St Gennys, Bude, North Cornwall

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51.312388, 1.035899

Sleep amongst the stars in this beautifully crafted treehouse. There is nothing rustic about this superb holiday retreat which consists of two elevated pods and is perfect for couples or solo adventurers looking for something a little quirky and different on holiday. The Treehouse Hideaway has everything to make guests feel welcome and comfortable, including underfloor heating, a landscaped hot tub and a kitchen with all the mod-cons. Canterbury and Whitstable are both less than four miles from the treehouse, which is within walking distance of a friendly pub, the village shop and a nature reserve.

Weekly guide price:
£1578 to £2023
Short breaks from £258 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.312388, 1.035899

The Enchanted Faraway Tree is a magical work of whimsy where couples can indulge in their childhood fantasy of living in a treehouse. Straight off the pages of a child-hood novel, this incredible hideaway is just perfect for any adult looking for adventure and escapism. There is a beautifully crafted living room and kitchen with a log burner, a bedroom with a clear dome so that guests can sleep under the stars, and a landscaped garden with a swing, hot tub and fire pit. The Enchanted Faraway Tree is close to ancient woodland and a nature reserve, and a short walk from a friendly pub and well-stocked village shop. There are beautiful walks from the door, with opportunities for shopping, sightseeing and a day at the seaside in nearby Canterbury and Whitstable.

Weekly guide price:
£1417 to £2023
Short breaks from £247 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.312388, 1.035899

Treat yourself to a fun and unique experience with a stay in Gulliver, the quirky holiday camper. Tucked away its own garden in the Kent village of Blean, the static camper has been upcycled and outfitted to provide a glamping holiday for couples or solo travellers with a wood-fired hot tub, log burner, outdoor TV and lots of other memorable touches. There are miles of beautiful walks and cycling routes on the doorstep, including through neighbouring Blean Woods and nature reserve, and the village pub and shop are within walking distance.

Weekly guide price:
£1254 to £1428
Short breaks from £194 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.312388, 1.035899

Why should the dream of a secret garden belong only in a storybook? This wonderful property brings the fantasy to life, providing a peaceful retreat for couples with quirky handcrafted features, an outdoor hot tub and the sense of sleeping under the stars without worrying about the weather. A Secret Garden is in the charming Kent village of Blean, close to Whitstable and Canterbury and within walking distance of ancient woodland, a nature reserve and a friendly pub. It is perfect for a short break or a longer stay at any time of the year.

Weekly guide price:
£1370 to £1498
Short breaks from £194 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.013548, -4.386867

The owners of the Ceridwen Centre live the "reduce, reuse, recycle" ethos on their organic farm in the beautiful Teifi Valley in Mid-Wales, having transformed an ordinary static caravan into a wood-and-corrugated-tin cottage with a deep verandah and space for up to five people to sleep in two double bedrooms. It is one of a collection of self-catering properties with 40-private acres that include a wood-fired hot tub (hired on a first come first served basis), woodland walks, mountain bike centre and a shop selling homemade meals and fresh vegetables. The venue is perfect for everything from a solo retreat to a fun-filled family reunion or celebration for up to 60 people.

Weekly guide price:
£547 to £571
Short breaks from £139 per night

5  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.427398, -0.866433

Have you ever dreamed of whisking your partner away to a secluded spot where you can relax in luxurious surroundings without being disturbed? Owl Lodge is that place. The open-plan holiday cottage is one of only two at Hawthorn Hideaway near Doncaster in Nottinghamshire, giving guests peace and privacy with beautiful canal and countryside walks from the door. Owl Lodge has an outdoor hot tub, barbecue area with a fire pit, and a garden day bed built for two to snooze in the sunshine. Guests can book spa treatments, delicious barbecue hampers, and exclusive use of a wood-fired sauna and cute barbecue hut. 

Weekly guide price:
£1112 to £1224
Short breaks from £190 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.427398, -0.866433

Indulge in the luxurious surroundings of Swan Lodge. This self-catering timber studio-style retreat has everything couples could wish for in a romantic break, including a hot tub, sauna, barbecue hut, optional spa treatments, and an oversized day bed in the private garden. It's one of two exclusive holiday rentals set amongst two acres of gardens and woodland at Hawthorn Hideaways in the Nottinghamshire countryside, close to Gainsborough, Bawtry and Retford. Picture yourself child free, pet free and responsibility-free, even if only for a few days, in this blissfully romantic location, which is available for bookings all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£1128 to £1280
Short breaks from £200 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.036820, -1.498988

There's nothing rustic about this well-appointed Shepherd Hut. Set in a field with gorgeous views, the holiday cottage is two modern timber and corrugated metal huts sleeping four people in two bedrooms with electricity, running water and a proper bathroom. Shepherd Hut is on the family-run Michelmersh Farm, where the owners raise dairy cows, sheep and keep horses and chickens. It's an idyllic location only a few miles from Romsey and within easy reach of the New Forest and South Downs National Parks, the Hampshire coast, Stonehenge, Winchester and Salisbury. Shepherd Hut is romantic for couples and fun for families. 

Weekly price:
£1120 all year

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   No

Min nights: 2

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.090416, 1.324079

Perfect for couples but with space for four, Twee Gebroeders is a fantastic holiday barge moored in a prime location in Woodbridge. Step across the gang plank, and you're immediately in the stylish new Whisstocks leisure development with cafes and shops, and just a short walk from the centre of town. There are lots of lovely paths for walking and cycling along rivers and through gorgeous Suffolk countryside, or jump in the car or on a train and head out for a day at the beach. The owners have thought of everything during the barge's recent renovation, meaning that you can stay in complete comfort in a unique self-catering retreat in one of the most beautiful parts of England.

Weekly guide price:
£643 to £1063

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.164194, 1.497043

Why settle for average when you can stay somewhere as amazing as Onderneming? This beautiful barge, which is over a century old, is moored on the River Alde at Snape Maltings, just a stone's throw from the popular Plough and Snail pub. With three double bedrooms and a comfortable sofa bed, there is easily room for eight adults to stay, but the charming decor and lovely proportions mean that it doesn't feel too big for couples or small families who want more space to themselves. Snape Maltings is one of Suffolk's many popular attractions and a great place to base yourself with so much to enjoy on the doorstep and the coast and areas attractions within easy reach.

Weekly guide price:
£1000 to £1800

6+2  |   3  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.540529, -3.504823

Beach Hut 1 raises the bar on stylish seaside holiday accommodation. The intelligent design elevates a simple shack to a superbly comfortable studio-style self-catering apartment complete with galley kitchen and mezzanine bedroom. Perfect for couples but large enough for four thanks to a futon sofa bed, it is actually on the beachfront with nothing but a stone wall between you and the sand. Stroll to great pubs like The Ferry Boat, or take an actual ferry boat to Teignmouth where there are more pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops. Staying at Beach Hut 1 will make your holiday to the beautiful English Riviera one you will never forget.

Weekly price:
£1050 all year
Short breaks from £150 per night

2+2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 1 (off peak) | 1 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.937595, -2.889909

Picture yourself soaking under the stars before tucking yourself into bed in this charming glamping holiday cottage. The Cider Shack has been handcrafted to suit its location between Hereford and Abergavenny, making the most of fantastic views of the Black Mountains, Skirrid and Sugarloaf. It's ideal for couples or solo holiday makers who enjoy walking, cycling or mountain biking as it has direct access to a fantastic landscape and is within easy reach of the Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons National Park. The property is on the family-run Penylan Farm, where they make the award-winning Ty Gwyn cider. 

Weekly price:
£700 all year
Short breaks from £120 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.013548, -4.386867

The Ceridwen Centre is a fantastic venue in the beautiful Teifi Valley. They offer a variety of accommodation sleeping between 2 and 19 people, including this environmentally friendly 'glamping' pod that was built in a flower meadow using recycled material, and sleeps two people in a large double bed. Fun and with a hint of country romantic charm, Caban Bach Eco Pod is ideal for couples seeking a peaceful escape and sits within 40 acres of organic farmland with a mountain bike centre, licensed cafe and on-site shop selling local produce and crafts (plus Welsh ice-cream!). Close to beaches, waterfalls, friendly towns and villages, and the stunning River Teifi, Ceridwen Centre is just perfect for discovering everything magical about Wales.

Weekly guide price:
£342 to £368

2  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.013548, -4.386867

How can you resist a glamping experience like this! The owners of the Ceridwen Centre have lovingly converted a vintage, 1964 Leyland double-decker bus into a unique self-catering holiday experience that has space for four people (or up to six by arrangement with some reconfiguration of the downstairs area). The Ceridwen Centre is a mile from Drefach Felindre and the Tafarn John y Gwas pub, although you don't have to go that far for a drink or a cooked meal, as the site has excellent facilities. A great choice for those looking for a little fun, walking, cycling, fishing and exploring this beautiful part of Wales.

Weekly guide price:
£633 to £652
Short breaks from £139 per night

4-6  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.752382, -1.530523

The Boat Shed has been designed to pack a considerable amount into a compact area while still feeling spacious and welcoming. The ground floor provides studio-style accommodation with a sofa that opens into the main bed, and a clever kitchen is hidden away behind smooth cupboard doors. It's a fantastic retreat for couples or individuals but has a 4ft-wide mezzanine bed to sleep an extra person or two children who don't mind sharing. The Boat Shed is steps away from Lymington Royal Yacht Club and the fantastic Mayflower pub, and only a short walk from the historic town centre and Solent Way footpath. 

Weekly guide price:
£1084 to £1511
Short breaks from £155 per night

3  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.084438, -2.045956

This fabulous shepherds hut offers guests remote exclusivity with all the luxuries of self-catering. Nestling on the edge of the Cotswolds, you can escape away from the hustle and bustle of every day life and enjoy an abundance of space where children can run free and adults can soak up the tranquility and beauty of the English countryside. The village of Little Comberton is within walking distance and Elmley Castle is just 2-miles away with an exceptionally good pub for long lazy lunches. Worcester, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stratford-Upon-Avon are all within easy reach, as are the many favourite attractions of the Cotswolds. No ordinary glamping experience, this incredible shepherds hut has heaps of traditional appeal and is one of the largest and most luxurious of its kind, with 80-acres of organic farmland to roam.

Weekly guide price:
£1200 to £1600
Short breaks from £215 per night

2-5  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.075395, -3.943949

Escape to the romance of The Shepherd's Shed, a charming glamping shepherd's hut within walking distance of The Castle Inn and village shop in Landkey, and close to Barnstaple, North Devon beaches and Exmoor National Park. Guests can sleep happily in the cute hut with a double bed and cosy log burner, surrounding themselves with stunning views and a garden that includes an outdoor hot tub and covered barbecue area. The Shepherd's Shed is ideal for a holiday in any season, being warm and welcoming to couples and solo travellers, including those with a dog. 

Weekly guide price:
£351 to £624
Short breaks from £130 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.720939, -4.602729

In a fabulous position just inland of Cornwall's stunning north coast, this gorgeous shepherds hut enjoys an abundance of sea air and luxurious touches like a log burner and hot tub. A popular choice with couples looking for a little romance, and small families wanting a fun glamping type holiday experience without forsaking creature comforts. Crackington Haven beach is just two miles and the many attractions of Cornwall are close by.

Weekly guide price:
£700 to £1499
Short breaks from £150 per night

2+2  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 1 (off peak) | 1 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.720939, -4.602729

The Dutch Barn is a stunning self-catering holiday home on a private farm close to Crackington Haven. It sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms with a perfect layout for families or groups of friends. The owners have done a sensational job with this conversion, transforming a tired agricultural building into a contemporary holiday retreat with hot tub that would not look out of place in a glossy lifestyle magazine. It is one of four gorgeous self-catering properties at Pencuke Farm, where the owners raise sheep, alpacas, pigs and chickens in 18 quiet acres of land in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

Weekly guide price:
£1295 to £3425
Short breaks from £323 per night

8  |   4  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.076080, -4.359063

Bramble Cottage is beautifully decorated, affording couples a high standard of accommodation in a quiet location on a smallholding outside Llandysul. You're barely twenty minutes from the coast when you stay here, and there are gorgeous walks and bike rides from the door into the surrounding Ceredigion countryside. Spend relaxing days at the beach, sightseeing in Aberystwyth, taking advantage of the fantastic local farmer's markets, and enjoying the sights and attractions for which West Wales is so loved. Alternatively, sleep late, brunch in the garden, then settle back in the wood-fuelled outdoor hot tub. 

Weekly guide price:
£545 to £750
Short breaks from £120 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri